If you are a runner, there may come a time when you need a Brooklyn foot doctor to treat a running or sports-related foot problem and pain. Dr. Howard Dinowitz is highly-trained and experienced in treating: foot and ankle deformities; sports and walking problems; diabetic feet; and foot injuries and wounds.
Brooklyn foot doctor finds that runners are indeed prone to many sports-related foot problems. People love to run for fitness, but sometimes the results are detrimental to their health! There are many foot problems commonly related with running and jogging which include: blisters; ankle sprains; stress fractures; and tendonitis – just to name a few. Most foot problems can be easily treated, but foot injuries can become difficult to treat if they are ignored for an extended period of time. One common cause of heel pain is called plantar fasciitis. This is caused when a lot of stress goes through a long ligament known as the plantar fascia. It is located in the bottom of the foot. The stress causes tearing of the ligament and causes inflammation and pain. The most common symptoms are pain in the heel upon first step in the morning, or after a period of rest. Wearing low quality or worn out shoes add to this condition, as does zealous overtraining. The best treatment for plantar fasciitis is rest, ice, stretching and support.
Achilles tendonitis is another of the most common injuries that happens to runners. Pain occurs at the back of the heel or in the calf. Pain can be present at the first step of the day, or after long periods of rest. Sometimes the pain becomes so severe, that the patient is unable to run at all. This injury is made worse by hills and stairs. Treatment once again is rest, ice, stretching and foot support. Another common injury in runners is the ankle sprain. Severe ankle sprains can involve partial or complete tears of ankle ligaments. Most ankle sprains can take up to 6 weeks to heal. However, severe ankle sprains can last for as long as 3 months. Furthermore, the ankle may not feel fully healed for up to one year. One final common foot problem of runners is foot fungus. Treatments are available, from over-the-counter treatments to prescribed medications by your doctor. The key to avoiding a foot fungus problem is to keep your feet as dry as possible during running. Special socks are available to help prevent this problem. There are many other foot problems that can occur in runners. Quick diagnosis and proper treatment by our Brooklyn foot doctor are important for a complete recovery.